Slowly Powering Up in NH After the Ice Storm

Mix of downed and low lying utility lines and natural beauty as the ice clung to the trees for several days.

December Ice Storm in Lake Sunapee Region: Mix of downed and low lying utility lines and natural beauty as the ice clung to the trees for several days.

As of 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, December 16, Public Service of New Hampshire restored power to about 223,000 PSNH customers since the ice storm came through on Friday, the 12th. 96,000 PSNH customers are still without electricity.

In Sunapee, more homes saw the return of electricity Monday. It was about 8 p.m. when the lights came back to the Fernwood/Job’s Creek Road area, where some homes lost power for 4 days, while others never did.

For the latest information state-wide, visit psnhnews.com where you can also get a town to town report. Follow updates on Twitter.com/psnh.

Visit New Hampshire Public Radio for storm related reporting and personal stories.

State of NH Storm Hotline: 1-888-330-6764

To find a shelter, call the Red Cross at 1-800-464-6692

“Efforts Monday focused on restoring major and secondary circuits, as well as clearing wires and electrical equipment off roadways, and reconnecting school facilities throughout the state,” PSNH reported. Yesterday, 550 tree and line crews worked to restore power to PSNH customers across the state.  However, outages remain with concentrations in the Western, Southern, and Central regions of the state. Particularly hard hit was the greater Monadnock area, and the towns of Nashua, Derry, and Hudson.

Safety is number one. Portable generators need to be installed correctly for the safety of homeowners and line crews. For generator safety tips, visit www.psnh.com/Residential/SafetyCenter/Generators.asp.

During events such as these, everyone has an interesting story to tell. How are you experiencing the aftermath of the December ice storm? Back to normal or still without power?

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